5 December 2015

Artist Talks: Ermias Kifleyesus and Dimitri Vangrunderbeek

Artist studio & ERforS HQ, BE

These artists talks are part of Performing Objects and not open for the public.

Performing Objects experiments with objects and their possibilities to act as an interactive performer towards its users or audience. This project researches different ways artists can anticipate this process during the conceptualisation and the conception of their work. The artworks made for this project will possibly manifest themselves in different locations outside the regular arts contexts.

Websites of the artists:
Dimitri Vangrunderbeek
Ermias Kifleyesus



In the studio of Dimitri Vangrunderbeek

In the work of Dimitri Vangrunderbeek (°1964, Brussels), normal objects - such as chairs and lamps - and spaces acquire a completely new meaning. Because of the various operations the artists subjects them to - e.g. wrapping, enclosing, smearing, sawing, sanding, covering, dismantling - they not only lose their original function, but also their characteristic physical properties.

Ermias Kifleyesus (°1974, Addis Ababa) collects scribbles, doodles and notes made by people who are making phone calls in telephone boots. These scribbles are made on pieces of paper, panels, phone books or directly to the wall. His works are collages and many anonymous people don’t realize that they have contributed to the creation of an artwork. Both the urge to create and the daily grind of everyone of us are inherent in his work.